Interior Painting And Decorating.

By: Rick Skew


The key reason people paint their interior walls is usually to brighten up the look of a room. A fresh paint job can give new life into a dull space. To get a smooth finish you must first take made the effort to prepare the walls appropriately. People like to try to cut some corners to avoid wasting money and time, but doing this could make your work appear dreadful and cost you a lot of cash..

Follow these simple methods for a smooth application:

The initial step is to use a paint scraper to remove all the old chipped paint. Scrape as much of the old paint off as you can. Sand the chipped areas by using a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a sanding block. Make an effort to smooth the edges as much as you can to ensure that it will not be noticeable under the fresh paint.

Wipe down the areas to be painted. Wash walls and woodwork to remove dust and grease from all of the surfaces. Grease would keep the paint from adhering to the painted area properly, and dirt or dust will attach itself onto your newly painted wall. Wash with a mild soap and water solution and allow to air dry before prepping.

Tape off the parts you donot want painted like baseboards and mouldings. Cover light fixtures and wall sockets, and put plastic sheets over furniture to protect from drips. You may also want to put plastic or an old sheet down on to the carpet in the area you are painting. Paint rollers can sometimes slip and hit where you don't need it to.

Fill in any holes or cracks with filler and smooth out. Also fill in any holes left from where you scraped the old paint if there are any. If there is the least bit of an impression on the wall it can show through the paint as an uneven spot, so be sure you fill this as well. When you have filled in all the spots, smooth the puttied area using a damp sponge and then allow it dry. When dry, sand the area using the sanding block to smooth out any edges that are left.

Choose a high quality brand of paint. You should not need to spend a fortune on a gallon of paint, but you should buy a quality product. Call around to some general contractors in the area and ask them what brand of paint they might suggest that you use. As soon as you have a name you can call or visit some do it yourself stores and check and compare prices. This is often an important step because if you choose a less expensive brand of paint it may not cover as well, this means using more than one coat, which also means more paint. Using a primer is an option, but usually is not required. A good brand of paint should cover in one coat. Now and then you may require another coat to give it a more polished look.

One final tip:

After your new paint has dried, check for any bubbled or uneven spots. If you see bubbles, lightly scrape the top, fill and retouch. You can always purchase a small pot of the same colour paint for touch ups. If you are not really a do-it-yourself type, or you do not have the time for such a project you can hire a specialist to do the work for you.

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I do have a go at most jobs around the home, but one of the DIY jobs I enjoy the most is home renovation. If you don't know exactly what you are doing then you can end up making the problem a lot worse for yourself. Having said that I quite often find it a lot easier to get a porfessional in, even if it is just to get ideas from them. It usually works out cheaper in the long run.

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